Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project
Abstract: Although there are many coaching books, literary resources on coaching addressed to those who want to learn to how to coach, very few resources are designed to lead, equip, train and coach experienced coaches. This also applies to church leaders. Without a doubt, in the 21st century, church leaders have to guide and coach current leaders to become future ones. It is their responsibility to equip the body of Christ, so that it is trained for the common edification that leads towards the unity of faith, the knowledge of Christ, and spiritual maturity. But who trains those pastors/shepherds/coaches? As members of God’s family, pastors have to involve themselves in an ongoing process of development. Experience has shown that experienced pastors-coaches do not always have the will to continue their development; furthermore, human resources (trainer/peer-coaches) are not always available to meet their needs. The goal of this study is to explore the best possible framework for coaching these seasoned pastors-coaches into pursuing personal development and coaching training. Through a qualitative case study involving eight seasoned pastor-coaches, I analyzed eight specific dimensions of their experiences. The goal was to uncover the human resources needed to fulfill their needs, and to present a practical coaching model for seasoned pastor-coaches working with French-speakers in North America.